DESCRIPTION: The Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County seeks a Special Projects Associate VISTA who is interested in supporting our work to prevent and end homelessness in suburban Cook County. Projects involve communications, client engagement, and managing a housing project.
Note: This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position. Placements are full-time for one year. More info on becoming a VISTA is below.
The Alliance Coordinates the Continuum of Care throughout the suburban Cook County, a network of organizations working to prevent and end homelessness in the region. The special Projects Associate VISTA will engage people who have experienced homelessness, with a focus on youth homelessness, to identify ways to strengthen our homeless services system. In addition, the VISTA will develop and implement a communication plan to better share resources with our members and educate the community about homelessness. Finally, the VISTA will serve as the coordinator of the FLOW housing program, a partnership between homeless service providers and the housing authority.
Strengthen the youth action board in the south and identify resources to develop and expand youth action boards to help the continuum better identify and serve youth who are homeless. (Youth Action Boards are groups composed of youth who have experienced homelessness that are helping our community develop and implement a plan to end youth homelessness).
Conduct foucs groups and individual interviews of consumers using shelter services to enhance service delivery and identify service gaps.
Develop and implement a communications plan that will more effectively share resources with Alliance members (primarily service providers), and will educate the public, donors, and others about our work and how they can support it.
Manage the FLOW program process to ensure providers and the housing authority quickly and efficiently move people from permanent supportive housing to housing choice vouchers.
The VISTA will periodically need to drive to meet with community stakeholders throughout suburban Cook County so access to a car will be required.
Additional Salary Information: Choice between two End-of-Service Awards:
Segal Education Award: $5,920
End of Service Cash Stipend Award: $1,800
Internal Number: 7082363261
About Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County
The Alliance strives to eradicate poverty by eliminating homelessness in suburban Cook County through the coordination and maximization of available resources to assist homeless individuals and families, as well as those at risk of becoming homeless. The Alliance coordinates the Cook County Continuum of Care (IL-511), which encompasses homeless assistance efforts throughout all of Cook County except for the City of Chicago. As the lead agency for suburban Cook County's Continuum of Care, the Alliance brings together a range of services and housing options for homeless people. The Alliance convenes a variety of stakeholders to cooperatively set priorities, collect data, rank project applications, and measure outcomes. In coordinating the annual application to the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for homeless assistance grants, the Alliance brings in approximately $13.5 million per year to support over forty (40) homeless programs in the region.